IND vs SA: Suryakumar Yadav leaves crowd in awe with jaw-dropping six off Anrich Nortje

Suryakumar Yadav played a match-winning knock of unbeaten 50 off 33 balls.

Suryakumar Yadav.
Suryakumar Yadav. ( Photo Source : Twitter/ BCCI)
Manoj Kumar

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IIndian middle-order batter Suryakumar Yadav has been in exquisite form lately and his shot-making has been of the highest quality. The right-hander even jumped to the second position in ICC Men’s T20I rankings for batters after his 69-run knock against Australia in the series decider and he continued to showcase his brilliance in the first T20I against South Africa.  

In a tricky run chase of 107, Suryakumar and KL Rahul hit unbeaten half-centuries and helped India recover after losing two early big wickets of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. The 32-year-old hit three sixes in his innings, however, the six over the deep fine leg area off Anrich Nortje’s was fantastic and it grabbed a lot of attention on social media.  

The incident happened in the seventh over once the powerplay ended, and Suryakumar got one on his pads. The stylish batter whipped it with his wrist for a long sailing six and it left the crowd in awe.  

Here’s the video of the flick shot from Suryakumar Yadav 

Meanwhile, KL Rahul was impressed with Suryakumar’s aggressive instinct and he heaped praises on the right-hander in the post-match conference.  

“This was hard work. Was unbelievable for Surya to come out and play the shots. We saw how the ball was flying and for Surya to come out with that approach was phenomenal. After the first ball, he wanted to be aggressive and take on the bowler. He said he wanted to play his shots and gets some runs. That helped me to take my time and play one end," Rohit told after the match. 

Earlier in the game, it was the new-ball bowlers, Arshdeep Singh and Deepak Chahar, who put on a show with some brilliant swing bowling upfront. The Proteas lost five wickets for just nine runs, and it meant that a lot of stitching work had to be done. Contributions from Aiden Markram and Wayne Parnell helped the visitors for a while. However, it was Keshav Maharaj’s innings of 41 which got the visitors to a respectable score on the board.